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>> iraq's government responds from the air as it loses more ground to sunni rebels. . >> john kerry says the u.s. is not responsible for what is happening in iraq today. >> hello. you are watching al jazeera live from the headquarters in doha. on the program: the south korea ian army hunts down the fousold who killed five comrades, plus praying for the preservation. the history we will show you an ancients kingdom which could be next on the world's next hair
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tain site. and and the taste of russia with bell gem. >> welcome to the program in iraq. sunny fighters seize more territory as they advance toward baghdad. speaking in cairo, secretary of state john kerr veshingd the united states is not responsibility for what is happening. he branded isil fighters as a threat. the government has launched airstrikes against targets in mosul, which it was driven out of two weeks ago. hundreds of thousands of people have fled the violence since the crisis began. sunni rebels have taken two towns on the road to baghdad. this follows the capture of the syrian border on saturday. opening up a major highway for those fighters to cross into
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isil strongholds in syria. a convoy of at least 50 iraqi army tanks has been sentence to reinforce haditha which has been surrounded by sunny fighters. the strategic objective appears to be ramadi. in a moment, we will get more on those comments from the u.s. secretary of state in washington dvments d.c. first live in baghdad, it's been a very busy and confusing day. it's exactly what's happening on the ground when it comes to isil fighters. what do we actually know? >> well, we know the isil fighters took the border with syria and that is the development because it will allow the isil fighters to move freely from syria into western part of iraq. they can move weapons and convas very easy. also, the town is significant
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because it will boost the moral of the fighters and probably will -- could be seen as a blow to the government. now, the iraqi army forces, we are told, withdrew from these two towns and they are now trying to gather to combine their forces together and try and round the town of haditha, which the tribes are preventing the isil fighters. the government is saying their forces are in good position to present fighters from taking haditha. it's the biggest in size and will allow the isil fighters not only to move in and out from syria but also from the northern parts of the country and where musul is. the government says they have struck several targets in the north of iraq in the city of
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mosul. >> thanks very much from joining us from baghdad. we will come back to you if that situation develops. we will move on to rosalyn from washington, d.c. we heard the secretary of state, john kerry really discussing everything that there was to discuss about iraq when he was actually in cairo but really focusing on the fact that, you know, it needs to be a uniformed approach by iraq and that the focus really should be mr mr. malaki trying to sort the problem out for himself. >> that's right. >> that's in fact the whole reason why john kerry is on this latest trip to the middle east and europe trying to get regional allies to help the united states put pressure on the malaki government to deal with the underlying political problems which have made it possible for isil fighters to basically move in from syria flew the northern part, the kurdish part of iraq and into the central part and western parts of the country. the u.s. is very concerned, as you said a few moments ago, because isil seems to be more
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professional than other extremist groups that have been fighting in the region, has access to money, is not afraid of kidnapping or of robbing banks even in order to finance its operations. the u.s. is very concerned about isil's abilities to move so freedom freely crass iraq. >> of course, while the conflict and scenario sort of plays itself out on the ground, you've got the politicians talking as well, as we just mentioned, the secretary of state there. it seems a constrained reason, they seem to be on the same page in terms of the way malaki is dealing with this. you have the secretary of state saying he wants to see an inclusive government for iraq and now, you are getting the same sorts of murmurying from tehran. that's right. >> some analysts have been suggesting here in washington in recent days that even though the
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government has been supportive of prime minister malaki, they also do see that he doesn't have the broad-based support that any leader should have at the head of a government and so that they might be open to the idea of having someone who is less polarizing leading the government in baghdad and, so, there is, you know, that is one of the reasons why there was this initial contact between the u.s. and iranian officials in vienna earlier in the week trying to find a way of deescalating this crisis without somehow inflaming or inciting more people to take up arms, certainly not something that they want to see happening right next door. >> we will see how those comments certainly from secretary of state kerry fall on iraqi ears as the hours progress. for the moment, thanks for joining us from washington, d.c. south korea ian troops have
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surrounded a soldier accused of killing five of his comrades on saturday. the army tracked him down to a hiding place near the border with north korea. so far, he's refused to give himself up and at least one sold has been wounded in an exchange of fire. harry fawcett sent this report from the capitol, seuol. >> this stand-off continues. it seems the south korea ian military is in no hurry to move in and take this man by force. it all unfolded this latest chapter at around 2:23 local time when there was a shoot-out at a checkpoint near an elementary school in this village. the defense ministry is confirming that a platoon leader was shot in the arm and injured. local residents said there were about ten rounds fired in all and that since then, there has been this operation to corner him in this area. the defense ministry says they are trying to persuade him to surrender. this man, sergeants lim, as he
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is known, was coming off of guard duty late on saturday night about 8:00 p.m. and it was then when he returns to the b r bearax that the shooting gain. five fellow soldiers were killed. 7 injured. after that anneen normalation manhunt unfold woulded three to 4,000 south korea ian troops trying to pin him down, trying to find him in this remote difficult mount nunings area. we know about him is that he was under close observation by his superiors for some time. having failed, it seems, to have adapted to military life, he was given the highest risk category possible, a category a, which would have prevented him from serving in this kind of front line post, but that was downgraded in november last year and that's why he was there. >> that's why he was able to gain access to guns and life ammunition as he was. >> although 600,000 people have voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in hong kong, the chinese government has dismissed the poll as illegal.
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pro-democracy advocates wants to be able to do it without interference from beijing. torrential rains across china. roads and houses have been swept away, the heaviest rainfall in decades hit an area this weekend with more than 200 millimeters in less than 24 hours. that's a month's worth of rain it's been 69 days since boka haram abducted more than 200 nigerian stool school girls. the majority are still missing. for those left behind, it's a daily struggle to continue with their lives. andrew simmons spoke to the girls who managed to escape capture that night in april. >> these are the girls who managed to escape capture. their classmates are missing. pain shows. they are preparing for final exams. their teachers believe talking
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about what happened helps. >> we want to flee out of the room. >> their school principal is here. she lost count of the number of appeals she has made for the release of her pupils. she is not giving up. >> there is nothing i can say. daughters and granddaughters. they should feel sympathy for these innocent girls and release them. >> all of the girls have been brought here to the state capitol not just for the continued education but also for better security teachers say they are doing remarkably well, managing to relax and concentrate on their studies despite the fact that they are away from home appeared they don't know what's happened to their classroom friends. >> those with close friends missing are getting more distressed by the day. >> it's painful that we are separated together with them.
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>> it's to help us to find our mates for us, please. >> we are asking to help us please. no one has a positive answer. more than two months after their friends went missing and the state government is trying to get schooling back to normal. >> we will locate these students and provide security and continue on with our normal schooli schooling. >> there could be nothing you don't recall a.m. for these girls right now. only safe return of their friends would make that possible. andrew simmons,ax, northeastern nigeria. >> plenty more to come here on al jazeera including easy pickings in libya. lawlessness leads to a spike in crime, particularly carjackings. plus... >> i am tom ackerman at a laboratory where the world's biggest fapharmaceutical compans
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detacts counter fit drugs that endanger consumers around the globe. should juvenile killers serve life without parole? >> the didn't even ask for the money they just shot him. >> horrendous crimes committed by kids. >> i think that at sixteen it's a little too early to write him off for life. >> should they be locked away for good?
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>> he had a tough upbringing but he still had to have known right from wrong.
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>> he welcome back to al jazeera america al jazeera. the u.s. secretary of state has hit back at accusations the u.s. is to blame for the crisis in iraq. speaking in cairo, kerry warned isil fighters are a threat to the stability of the entire region inside iraq, military has launched airstrikes against rebel hide outs in mosul held by
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isil fighters for two weeks. it's sentence tanks as rebels sees more territory near baghdad. a shoot-out between south korea ian troops and a shoulder has injured a plattoon leader close to the border with north korea. libya is going through its biggest crisis since the 2011 revolution. lawlessness has led to a growth in crime and carjackings are becoming a serious issue, especially in the capitol. stefanie dekker has more from tripoli. >> reporter: there are some cars they want more than others. the parked pickup truck was a prime target as he got back into his vehicle. >> sultan, a bmw with tinted windows and no number play blocked me. there were three masked men. all were armed and they surrounded me. i tried to lock the car from the
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inside. they threatened to shoot me so i stopped. they one pulled me out. they took the car and drove away. i was helpless. >> carjacking is becoming a major issue here. this is a rare moment where it's been caught on camera. watch the quite car stopped in the middle of the road. there is nothing the driver can do. they are armed and they will shoot. >> that's a concern when are driving around the capitol. there are certain areas we try to avoid because you know they happen more frequently there. at the end of the day, it can happen in any place at any time and officials tell us that on average, there are 37 carjackings a day. >> controlling these crimes is no small task for libya's struggling police force. >> the challenges are huge because we work without the basic security infrastructure. we have no support. the basic police duties are to fight crime but we face massive challenges because we don't have the necessary tools to do our
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work. there is no central network or database. we can't even get enough uniforms for our men. that lives victims with little justice. >> i registered the case. i am yet to hear from them. >> the police say the government needs to do more to help. most libyans demand the same as strong police department and army can make them feel safe. >> tripoli. >> israel into syria after a 15-year-old was killed by a mortar attack across the border. the attack happened in the security fence in the disputed golan heights. several were injured. the u.n. has supervised a ceasefire since 1974. >> a verdict in the trial of three al jazeera journalists in egypt is expected on monday.
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they have been behind bars for 176 days. they have been accused of collaborating with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. the egyptian prosecuted asked for the maximum sentences. >> mention greste could get seven years while the other two are facing 15 years. al jazeera rejects all of the charges and continues to demand the immediate release of all of its journalists. >> now, preventing attacks on cultural sites is on the agenda at the united nations world heritage meeting. delegates at the meeting here in qatar are concerned that ancient monuments in war zones are facing destruction. in the iraqi city of mosul, isil fighters destroyed the tomb of a 12th century philosopher. a minarret was topelled, one of the six heritage sites. fightners northern mali
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destroyed sidelines in the ane covariant city of mimbuktu. more from the summit in doha about the challenge unesco faces protecting sites in conflict areas. >> the general did call for a couple of days ago, for iraqis to be united to protect thai their cultural sites. she is hoping and unesco and all of the deb gas are hoping people can do something to stop their sights being destroyed by being aware of the culture heritage, the importance of these places. the other thing that they could do and this has happened in iraq in previous years, in previous conflicts, is to create a ban on the i will is it tra trafficking of artifacts. neighboring countries have to be aware of not allowing any kind of trafficking of any specific goods it that could obviously be sold for benefit and profit for people and that if they manage to ban that and stop the trade, it scourges people from looting the sites that have been the
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source of people hit by violence. >> caroline malone. let's return now to our top story in iraq and al jazeera core respondent on the outskirts of mosul, one of the areas under isil control. tell us a little bit about the refugee camp. >> well, as you can see behind me here in the picture, there are thousands of iraqi families, 450 towns here by the united nations. very difficult conditions for the ref eugenia seems who came from mosul, takrit and from many other iraqi cities under the control of the armed sunni armed groups. very difficult conditions. some failed to cross into kurdish areas. they need is a kurdish citizen
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to response or for them to cross. the united nations, i spoke to a number of officials who sent in a group of top officials to assess the situation and assess, also, the need of these refugees. as you can see, it can get hot. it's no-man's land here sometimes gets to 40 or even higher, 40 degrees celsius. and the situation is difficult. obviously yesterday, i went from the city all the way to the out skirt of the mosul city into the d damn of mosul, one of the locations controlled by the meshugua. it will is surrounded by towns and cities under the armed sunni groups and the kurdish militia, they say they will halt the situation. along the way, i have noticed as well tennessee of cars of iraq refugees. some literally sleeping on the streets because they couldn't
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find anywhere. some of them ran away from the fighting in mosul and many other cities and the situation remains very tension. i went as well to a number of christian cities, kurdish cities and the mood of the people is of fear and anticipation and high level of tension as well. >> of course, as you mentioned with the united nations having a small contingent there, certainly to see what the refugees wants, security must be a real concern to try and get aid in there without getting themselves into any bother. >> absolutely. i mean all the way, i went through, as i said to you from the city all the way to the area surrounding the city that is about 150 kilometers and along the way, we noticed there are tennessee of checkpoints mounted by the kurdish para military force. the situation is very tension. some of these areas literally hundreds of meters away from the checkpoints mounted by the sunni
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militias and the situation between the two sides can get very tension and very dangerous and there is certain times exchanges of fire between the two sides. oh, my goodness, the united nations has to weigh the risks and the dangers of getting aid into these areas but other situation, as it stands at the moment, this is one of the main camps here literally as the crossing estimates of the united nations, there are estimates of about half a million people which have left their homes in mosul, tick rita and many other cities. the kurdish government say that around 300,000 of those have crossed into kurdistan, the many areas which these people cross into. they have taken the brunt of those people actually crossing into those areas. >> for the moment, thanks for joining us at the refugee camp. we will come back to you as the situation develops. >> now, a few minutes ago, we were talking about the united nations conference in doha. del gants there also voted to
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add new sites to the world heritage list. three agent cities located in the national park are under consideration. flourens luie has more from the ancient sites. >> it's a world away from where the decision makers are. but that doesn't stop the people here from asking for divine intervention. they are from a town near one of the three ancient cities in central myanmar and regard a listing as an honor. >> there are many cultural realics and relickous buildings in this old city. the three ancient cities are part of the pu kingdom that existed about a thousand years starting from around the first sentence tree. it's people started trading with india around the 5th century which thread to the spread of buddhism around southeast asia not much is known about them.
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we know they lived in big cities enclosed by high walls. they built a sophisticated system of irrigation and they po spoke a language that's ex tinge but closely related to the myanmar language. >> archeologists working here, the biggest of the three cities, believe they may have uncovered only about 20% of it. the importance of the pu site is that they are rare and unique examples of the usurbanization society from that area. experts want the areas protected, something aun esc 0 world hair strategy status would offer. the area is fragile. we are always submitted to great pressure and in a very quick time, we can have a disaster because they can accident happen very quickly. >> three are protected. people who live in the town nearest to the site set up a
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heritage trust in the 1950s, funded and staffed by volunteers, the trust also runs a museum and helps ensure the artifacts remain in myanmar, sometimes by buying back items sold in the black market. >> the cities existed 2000 years ago. it is the history of offer four fathers. it may be of little interest to some people but we want to preserve it. >> a world heritage listing would help bring in funds and technical know howe for that conservation. more than that-how for that conservation. more than that. it would tell people their history is worth preserving. floren florencely, al jazeera, myanmar. >> vladimir peatin has told german and french carter parts, it should be backed by a
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ceasefire as nationaltists clashed outside the ukrainian capitol kiev. one man says the group was responding to reports of a separatist movement in the city. prove visional results shows the president is on course to win another term in. they say he won 76% of the vote with more than 80% of those ballots counted. brazil's ruling party has formally backed the president to run for reelection in october. his popularity as fallen because of the high cost of living with billions of dollars spent on the world cup but she is expected to win the poll. russia's football team is playing belgium right now and as the team is on the pitch, a different russian delegation is trying to win brazil.
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they got a bid for the 2018th world cup. here is more. . >> the russians are coming to brazil to project a hospitable image before hosting the 2018 world cup at the inauguration of the first russia house in latin america, the vodka was flowing. and visitors were blowing with admiration at the exhibit of every world cup balled since the tournament's inception. up to 30,000 russian fans may be coming here to cheer their team on. can het we cheer for russia. >> never mind russia's performance has not been memorable. russia wants to excel in sports.
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president putin is committed to that. when it comes to football. russia is taking a big leap of faith did has to be a surprise. >> at thesh house t passion for ball con verges with russia's comic interests, far from the traditional fear of influence. >> the russian investment in the brazilian economy are growing. and we also, as you mentioned, we have some projects, specially related with gas and petroleum extraction in brazil. >> like a good diplomat? >> we are dreaming to have the final between russia and brazil. >> more proof russia is a nation with strong ambitions. lucia newman, rio de janiero.
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